The theological writer with whom SWNID agrees most tried mightily to avoid the clichés attendant to the subject when asked to write an article on "how we got the Bible" as part of a year-long celebration of the 400th anniversary of the KJV. This is part one of the result.
Part two appears next week. The author overwrote.
The aim is to not just to answer the usual questions about how the Bible arose but to provide a practical theological context: though the Bible doesn't match what many people think a divinely inspired book ought to look like, those differences arise largely out of its being the product of history, reflecting the work of the God who works in history, especially by entering history in the person of Jesus.
Incarnational theology is messy, and so is the Bible. People who object to the mess are simply asking for another kind of god, one who doesn't address us in our untidy humanity, which we really don't want addressed because we'd prefer not to acknowledge it.
Not just a river in Egypt and all that.